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Thousands flock to Indian Gaming Convention in Phoenix

PHOENIX — Thousands of people who work in the Indian Gaming Industry are in Phoenix for the 2013 Indian Gaming Conference at the Phoenix Convention Center.

They are checking out thousands of new slot machines with video technology that you may soon see at the casino.

“Right now we have a lot of Mega Jackpot products,” said Knute Knudson of the International Game Technology Corporation. “We have video products. We have Mega Jackpot products that you enter into a game through a core product and go into a bonus feature in a high level mega jackpot product.”

Some of the new games include “Phantom of the Opera,” that includes a chair that vibrates while you’re spinning to win. There are also Dolly Parton slot machines where you can choose her songs from a “jukebox,” and she’ll sing and give you pointers as you’re playing the game.”

Other machines are patterned after “CSI” and “The Family Guy” television shows.

“Dolly has a huge audience, as you know,” said Knudson. “CSI has a huge audience. Family Guy has a huge audience. The Hangover has a huge audience. You’ll see every one of those names in our customer’s casinos.”

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